Old Photos of Witham

Coronation procession with fire engine (2)

Taken: 22 June 1911, Ref: M1884

Procession in Newland Street for the Coronation of George V. The centre piece is the new steam fire engine, pulled by two horses. It was purchased as a ‘permanent memento of the Coronation’ with £300 of the £410 collected for the occasion. The procession consisted of the ‘Town Band, Fire Brigade with the new engine, school children, boy Scouts, representatives of Friendly Societies, etc.’ and went to the Maldon Road park. In this second picture the procession moves down the street (the opposite way to the first picture, M1883 and the same as the third, M1885), with the Boy scouts, then the fire engine, then the Friendly Societies with their banners, blowing in the wind. The one which can be seen upside down is shown in the second picture (M1884) to read ‘I was sick and ye visited me’, probably belonging to the Oddfellows. Behind, left to right, are the Spread Eagle, 51 Newland Street (shop window with Lyons Tea sign, and another sign to the left which seems to say ‘Essex Laundry Maldon’), 53 Newland Street, 55 Newland Street, 57 Newland Street (with porch), 59 Newland Street (Horwood House, two storey). On the left with posters etc. is probably one of the decorated bicycles for the competition in the Park. There is a newspaper report in the Essex Weekly News for 23 June 1911, and a discussion about the Coronation fire engine in the Essex County Chronicle for 30 June 1911.
Postmark 28 July 1911. Addressed to Miss Ethel Green, Burnt House, Woodham Walter, Nr Maldon, Essex’. This card was sent by Alice Green of the shop at 13 Newland Street to her sister Ethel in Woodham Walter. The message reads ‘Have sent you a Photo of the new fire Engine if you come on Sat can you stay till Thursday as there is to be a fancy fair and dress dance Wed in the Grove Garden I shall get a ticket for you so let me know if you can. Hope father is better all the rest well. Love from Alice’.

RefM1884
Date taken22 June 1911
SourceLittlewood, Sue
Posted on Full size 3370 × 2125

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